Join the carrotmob: ECO sponsors Thursday, Nov. 15, event to spur consumer-driven change

Press release from ECO The Environmental & Conservation Organization is organizing Hendersonville’s first Carrotmob at Jongo Java on Thursday, Nov. 15. The carrotmob movement began four years ago to help provide local businesses with the financial ability to make some solid green changes. In California, where the movement began, consumers came out in large numbers […]

Almost 3 million North Carolinians cast ballots in early voting, Civitas Institute estimates

Press release from the Civitas Institute The Civitas Institute’s NC Vote Tracker ( allows you to analyze the trends as the final early voting statistics roll in. Every day, updates official early voting statistics and puts them into an easy-to-use format. NC Vote Tracker illuminates the voting by county, party, legislative districts, race and […]

New evidence shows power of East Coast earthquakes, U.S. Geological Survey reports

Press release from the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought. U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that last year’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia triggered landslides at distances four times farther—and over an area 20 times larger—than previous research […]

Forest Service waives fees for veterans at Whiteside Mountain, Whitewater Falls on Nov. 10-12

Press release From the U.S. Forest Service The U.S. Forest Service today announced that day-use fees at Whiteside Mountain and Whitewater Falls in the Nantahala National Forest will be waived on Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 10-12. The fee waivers are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use […]

Rainbow Recycling hosts collection day Saturday, Nov. 10, for all your hard-to-recycle items

Press release From Rainbow Recycling Rainbow Recycling is collaborating with Curbside Management, Asheville GreenWorks, E-cycleUs and Trash, Inc. Creative Reuse Center to sponsor a special recycling collection on Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kmart, 1830 Hendersonville Road in Asheville. This is the largest collection yet with 15 categories of hard-to-recycle items […]

Bear encounters continue: Forest Service asks backcountry campers to avoid Panthertown Valley

Press release from the U.S. Forest Service The U.S. Forest Service is discouraging people from backcountry camping and from bringing food into the Panthertown Valley area of the Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, following several bear encounters. The area is northeast of Cashiers, N.C. If the visitors choose to camp in the Panthertown area, […]

Winds, snow may cause hazardous driving conditions Wednesday morning in mountains, NC DOT warns

High winds and snow forecasted to impact areas of the mountains through early Wednesday morning may cause driving conditions to become hazardous. The N.C. Department of Transportation urges motorists to use caution if they must travel as they navigate the roads and keep an eye out for downed trees and powerlines. NCDOT maintenance crews are […]

N.C. Technology Association names Parameter Generation & Control as tech/innovation award finalist

Press release From Parameter Generation & Control Parameter Generation & Control has been named a finalist in the 21 Awards sponsored by the N.C. Technology Association. The NCTA 21 Awards are recognized as North Carolina’s largest and most prestigious awards devoted to celebrating high-tech innovation and excellence throughout the state. The annual showcase honors 21 […]

Building the Asheville Bow-Wowhaus: Architects team up to host Brother Wolf fundraiser

Press release from the American Institute of Architects Every dog needs a home and why not make it an artful one! The American Institute of Architects is teaming with the Asheville Art Museum, Aloft Downtown Asheville and Fine Arts Theatre to host a fundraiser for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in November. The project, The Asheville […]

What to do at 3 a.m. on Nov. 17 (or so): Watch the Leonid meteor shower, says PARI

Press release from the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Meteors result from particles of dust causing the atmosphere to glow as the particles enter the upper atmosphere of the Earth. The Leonid Meteors, or “Leonids,” are associated with Comet Tempel-Tuttle. As this comet revolves around the Sun every 33 years, it gives off gases and dust […]

Asheville Jung Center hosts “Unveiling the Psychological Code Behind Presidential Politics” Oct. 27

Press release from the Asheville Jung Center The Asheville Jung Center, in conjunction with The C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, will be broadcasting a 6-hour seminar via the Internet entitled The Citizen’s Dilemma in Divisive Times: Four Voices. The live presentation will be held this Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 1 PM to […]

Wingate University adds physician assistant program to Hendersonville campus

Press release from Wingate University Wingate University has announced they have received approval from The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) to begin the Physician Assistant Program at their Hendersonville Campus. This highly competitive synchronous distance education PA program will enter its first class in August 2013. Currently Wingate has several […]

Asheville Fire Department asks for help solving arson of Xpress newspaper boxes

On Wednesday Oct. 17, someone set fire to the newspapers inside several Mountain Xpress distribution boxes in downtown Asheville. Here’s the press release from the Asheville Fire Department about the investigation. Xpress has requested a copy of the image from the surveillance video. From the AFD press release The Asheville Fire Department, along with the […]

State environmental officials announce new mercury products recycling grants

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, or DENR, has initiated its first Mercury Products Recycling Grant program to assist local governments in creating or expanding mercury recycling programs for fluorescent lights, thermostats and other mercury-containing products. In recent years, millions of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) have replaced incandescent bulbs in households […]

U.S. Forest Service cracks down on ginseng poaching

Kristin Bail, forest supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina, today announced that agency law enforcement officers are cracking down on the poaching of ginseng in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. “Forest Service law enforcement officers conducted a large number of compliance checks in September, and at least eight people […]

Asheville Parks & Rec & Cultural Arts hosts Oct. 24l discussion on community, innovative placemaking

The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department will present a panel discussion on the community’s role in innovative placemaking at the Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. A question and answer session with the audience will be included in the program. The […]